Canada Emergency Student Benefit Regulations: SOR/2020-105

Canada Gazette, Part II, Volume 154, Number 11


SOR/2020-105 May 14, 2020


The Minister of Employment and Social Development, with the consent of the Minister of Finance pursuant to section 3, subsection 5(5), paragraphs 6(2)(a) and (b) and subsections 7(2) and 8(2) of the Canada Emergency Student Benefit Act footnote a, makes the annexed Canada Emergency Student Benefit Regulations .

Gatineau, May 14, 2020

Carla Qualtrough
Minister of Employment and Social Development

Canada Emergency Student Benefit Regulations



1 The following definitions apply in these Regulations.

Post-secondary educational program

2 For the purpose of the definition student in section 2 of the Act, a post-secondary educational program includes a series of courses taken over a period of at least 12 weeks at the post-secondary level at

Student who is to graduate

3 A person who is to graduate from secondary school in 2020, has applied for enrollment in a post-secondary educational program that leads to a degree, diploma or certificate that is scheduled to begin before February 1, 2021 and plans to enroll in the program if their application is accepted is prescribed for the purposes of paragraph (c) of the definition student in section 2 of the Act.

Canada Emergency Student Benefit

Prescribed period

4 For the purpose of subsection 5(1) of the Act, the prescribed period is

Maximum allowable income

5 (1) An amount of income of $1000.01 is determined for the purposes of paragraph 6(1)(a) of the Act.

Excluded income

(2) Any income received by a student from employment or self-employment is excluded from the application of subparagraph 6(1)(b)(i) of the Act if the total of such income received in respect of the four-week period for which they apply for the Canada emergency student benefit is $1000 or less.

Amount of benefit

6 For the purpose of subsection 7(1) of the Act, the amount of a Canada emergency student benefit for any week is

Maximum number of weeks

7 For the purposes of subsection 8(1) of the Act, the maximum number of weeks for which a student may receive a Canada emergency student benefit is 16 minus the number of weeks, if any, for which the student receives an income support payment under the Canada Emergency Response Benefit Act or an employment insurance emergency response benefit referred to in section 153.7 of the Employment Insurance Act.

Coming into Force

May 10, 2020

8 These Regulations are deemed to have come into force on May 10, 2020.


(This statement is not part of the Regulations.)


The Government of Canada recognizes that students and recent graduates are being significantly affected by the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As many post-secondary students adapt to the new reality brought on by COVID-19, they are concerned about the effect of the pandemic on their ability to continue their studies, secure and retain summer employment, pay their bills and save for tuition in the fall. Additionally, students who are about to graduate might struggle to find employment in their field of study, which may in turn have a negative impact on the value of their education over the long term.

The Canada Emergency Student Benefit Act (the Act), which received royal assent on May 1, 2020, created the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) to provide financial support to post-secondary students, recent post-secondary graduates, and graduating high school students. The Act also provides the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, with the consent of the Minister of Finance, the regulatory power to adopt the measures and establish the key parameters to implement the Act.


The objective of the Canada Emergency Student Benefit Regulations (the Regulations) is to provide financial support to students who, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, are facing challenges to find and retain employment and pay their bills by establishing key parameters needed to implement the CESB.

CESB payments to students will build on the relief provided by a six-month interest-free moratorium on the repayment of Canada Student Loans (CSL), from March 30, 2020, to September 30, 2020, announced by the Government of Canada in March 2020.

Description and rationale

The Regulations establish several key parameters that are not set out in the Act. Specifically, the Regulations include the following information:


Employment and Social Development Canada regularly engages with stakeholders and partners in post-secondary education, including student groups, borrowers, and provinces and territories, through the Intergovernmental Consultative Committee on Student Financial Assistance (ICCSFA) and the National Advisory Group on Student Financial Assistance (NAGSFA). Members of these forums raised concerns about challenges students are likely to face in finding employment due to COVID-19 and have reacted favourably to the announcement of the CESB.

As these Regulations respond to the immediate and extraordinary challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is necessary to implement these measures expeditiously to be effective. Consequently, the Regulations were not pre-published for public comment.

Cost-benefit analysis

The analytical requirements for cost-benefit analysis have been adjusted as it relates to the response to COVID-19.

The CESB is part of the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, and will provide direct financial support to Canadian students who, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, are facing challenges to find and retain employment, and pay their bills. In addition to the direct benefits to students, the CESB will help stabilize the economy. The cost of the CESB to the Government of Canada has been estimated at $5.25 billion in 2020–2021.

Small business lens

The small business lens does not apply to these Regulations, as there are no impacts on small businesses.

One-for-one rule

The one-for-one rule does not apply, as there is no change in administrative burden nor are there any administrative costs that would impact businesses.

Regulatory cooperation and alignment

The Regulations are not related to any commitment under a formal regulatory cooperation forum.


The Regulations came into force on May 10, 2020, and the first four-week CESB payment period began on May 10, 2020. CESB applications and payments will be managed by the Canada Revenue Agency.


Agata Frankowicz
Canada Student Loans Program
Employment and Social Development Canada
200 Montcalm Street, Tower II, 1st Floor
Gatineau, Quebec
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